A dance teacher helps their students find the song in their heart, the beat in their feet and a passion for life. –Unknown author
I started dancing withthe Strathroy Dance Club when I was three years old. I joined the competition team at the age of four. I danced at Strathroy Dance Club until I was sixteen years old and then finished my Competitive dance career at Elan Dance Arts. I completed grades and medals in BATD and ADAPT syllabuses. After receiving highly commended and the highest mark in our area, I had the opportunity to perform in Toronto for all the BATD judges. During my career I had the pleasure of meeting and dancing with Jerome Bob (the director of Fever), Twitch and Cody Bonnell (from So You Think You Can Dance Canada). I had the opportunity to compete in Florida for the All Star Competition. Dance was always a huge part of my life. After I finished my competitive career, I knew I wanted to continue dancing and was hired as a teacher. I have now been teaching for 7 years with the Strathroy Dance Club and I will be certified in the ‘International Dance Teaching Standards’ as of August 2018. I graduated from the Social Service Worker program at Lambton College. I have found it substantially beneficial when working with children. I look forward to my continued advancement with the club.
Kelly began to dance at the age of 3 and throughout the years has studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Pointe in Sault Ste Marie, ON. At the age of 9, Kelly auditioned for National Ballet School of Canada and was fortunate enough to study with them for 2.5 years before leaving as a result of an injury. Over the years Kelly has continued with her BATD studies, she competed in many competitions with great success and placing 1st runner-up in Miss Dance Canada. She has completed many exams with honours through her years of training including successfully completing her BATD Teaching certification exam in Ballet. Kelly has taken the National Ballet School Teacher’s program as well she is a registered member of the ADAPT dance Teacher’s program and Acrobatique Acrodance. She has completed her Junior level training in both of these programs and will continue with this training next summer. "I am honoured to join the Strathroy Dance Club family and I am excited to see what the future holds for all the talented dancers and performers in the years to come".
Over the past 29 years Jes has carried dance with her everywhere she went from beginner student to competitive teacher and now to dance mom. She has studied dance recreationally and competitively in: Jazz, Acro, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Tap, Ballet, Modern, Contemporary and a little Hip Hop. Jes became a certified dance instructor through B.A.T.D. in Stage Dance, in 2003. She continues her dance education by attending workshops, teaching seminars and certification programs - most recently Jes became a certified member of Acrobatic Arts. After studying at McMaster University, where Jes headed up Mac Dance as President, and saying farewell to her law career, Jes is proud to have dance take the lead once again as she returns to dance full-time in a teaching role. As Jes steps into her 18th year as a dance instructor, she couldn’t be happier to be doing so with the Strathroy Dance Club; the studio where she took her first step as a dancer.
I have been dancing at Strathroy Dance Club for the last twelve years, and performing on the competitive team for eight years in many genres including tap, jazz, musical theatre, acro, lyrical, contemporary and open, and additionally taking classes in ballet, pointe and hip hop recreationally over the years. Through performing competitively I have had the privilege of receiving scholarships to Be Discovered’s Summer in LA Performance Intensive, and a performance scholarship to Canadian Dance Expo. Over the summer I attended the level one workshop for International Dance Teaching Standards, which I am currently completing my practical hours for, where I learnt classroom management, choreography, and first aid among many other things. I will also be attending the module 1 course for Acrobatic Arts in early November to further my dance education and qualifications. I am currently a grade twelve student at SDCI and hope to attend university for engineering next fall. I am so grateful for the support of the executive team as well as the support of my fellow dance teachers and classmates as I begin my first year of teaching.